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Vijay Vaitheeswaran
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Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Award-winning Economist Senior Editor and World Economic Forum Advisor; Foremost Expert on China, Innovation, and Mega Trends Driving Business and Competition

Drawing from his remarkable scope of geopolitical and global economic expertise, Vijay Vaitheeswaran provides insight on how businesses can strategize, innovate, and find opportunity in today’s disruptive landscape.

With a career that has taken him from Mexico City to London to Shanghai, Vijay Vaitheeswaran brings an impressive breadth and depth of expertise to topics ranging from globalization, politics and economics to international trade, supply chain and labor disruptions. His years in China inform his deeply qualified perspective on Asia’s role in the global economy and on China’s dynamic private sector—and he’s widely regarded as an expert on China’s impact on international markets and its emergence as an economic superpower.

Currently the global energy and climate innovation editor of The Economist, Vijay previously held roles as The Economist’s U.S. business editor and its first China bureau chief. He also led the editorial team that launched the “Global Business Review,” a highly successful app and the first bilingual product in The Economist’s 175-year history. He is the author of three highly regarded books including Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems, which Kirkus declared “a perfect primer for the post-industrial age.”

Vijay helps audiences make sense of this era of global uncertainty, breaking down the big-picture trends to assess impacts on the U.S. economy, and providing likely scenarios toward sustainable recovery and rejuvenation for American and international industries alike. He deciphers the international feedback loop – from a rising China and bellicose Russia to the shift from globalization to "slowbalization”—sharing insight and strategies to help companies and corporate leaders stay resilient, innovate, and thrive in this new shifting landscape.

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